Bound To Stay Bound

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 Two roads
 Author: Bruchac, Joseph

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 320 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 172394 ISBN: 9780735228863
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Great Depression, 1929-1939 -- Fiction
 Tramps -- Fiction
 Father-son relationship -- Fiction
 Veterans -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Creek Indians -- Fiction
 Native Americans -- North America -- Oklahoma -- Fiction
 Oklahoma -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
 Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

In 1932, twelve-year-old Cal must stop being a hobo with his father and go to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, where he begins learning about his history and heritage as a Creek Indian.

Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 19.0   Quiz: 75900

   Booklist (10/01/18)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/01/2018 Multiple compelling Depression-era histories converge in Bruchac's latest, about a boy attending a government boarding school for Native Americans in 1932. Cal enjoys being a hobo with Pop, riding the rails and doing honest work. But then Pop gives Cal two pieces of life-changing news. The first is that Pop, who Cal always thought was white, is a Creek Indian. Second, Pop is going to D.C. to protest with other WWI veterans for their bonus payments. While Pop is gone, Cal will attend the Challagi Indian Boarding School, where Pop went as a boy. Challagi is a bleak and often brutal place, but, while there, Cal befriends other Native boys from various tribes for the first time. Pop's recollections of the abuses he witnessed at Challagi are so harsh that readers might initially wonder why he sends his son thereā€”a question Bruchac also thoughtfully addresses in the afterword. But the students' utter subversion of Challagi's mission to sever their ties with Indian culture soon becomes apparent, as does Cal's powerful, growing understanding of his identity. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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